MCC talk on democracy and racial regimes on May 9

by Danny Meza, Diversity & Outreach Peer
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 4:20 PM

As part of the UCSB Multicultural Center's Race Matters Series, Dr. Michael Hanchard will speak about the role democracy has played throughout history in the formation and shaping of racial and ethno-national regimes in the MCC Lounge on Tuesday, May 9, at 6 p.m.

Is racial exclusion antithetical to democracy? Dr. Michael Hanchard, Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, explores how regimes of racial and ethno-national hierarchy have functioned as modalities for political membership and exclusion in societies ranging from the city-state of ancient Athens to the modern and contemporary nation-states in our world. Rather than treating racial and ethno-national regimes as anomalous to democratic practice, Dr. Hanchard’s research suggests that racial and ethno-national regimes have been constituted in and by the very practice of democracy. In so doing, he exposes the limits of democratic theory to address issues of racial inequality.

This lecture is free to attend.